Even if you feel you’re nailing sustainable living pretty well (good job!), when it comes to gift giving, it can feel like you have to go against your efforts to please others. With a little creative thinking, however, it isn’t always counterintuitive to gift. In fact sustainable gifts can be as easy as buying locally, shopping small, or even using eco-friendly gift wrap options!
Below are ideas for a variety of people on your list to get you started as well as a few certifications and/or stores to look at! You can see my personal list of sustainable shopping stores and items!
Gifts for Environmentalists
Sometimes I think it’s the hardest to gift to those of us concerned about sustainable living, but I think we’re fun to give to – nothing run of the mill but a new experience for everyone!
Local Gift Cards
Think coffee shops, kitchen stores, and restaurants! Local? Try any of these Sacramento cafes!
A fun one to do together – wine tastings, tours, and classes! Our go to is Belden Barns – a great winery near Santa Rosa!
Don’t underestimate secondhand finds. Thriftbooks is one of my favorites for books, DVDs, and games!
Sustainable Kid’s Gifts
Homemade is always fun. Get creative with gifts in advent calendars and stockings. Break up sets and wrap in extra paper or upcycled magazines!
Don’t fret gifting some items around your house! I love giving dried fruit in little stashers to my kiddo. Read my complete stasher bags review
Sustainable Gift Ideas for Food Lovers
Shop my seasonal cookbooks!!
Great stocking stuffer or gift add-on
Handcrafted in Japan
See my Stojo Collapsible Container Review. Great for for storage, coffee cups, and water bottles!
This is great for gardeners and those who want to cut back on food waste. Read my compost machine review!
Sustainable Gifts for Women
Clean Beauty Promise & Sustainable Packaging,
B Corp, Climate Neutral Certified, Certified Plastic Neutral, 1% for the Planet
Global Organic Textile Standard, Oeko-Tex, Fair Trade International, and Forest Stewardship Council seals
Sustainable Gifts for Men
Sustainably sourced & paper packaging
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)